Connect with DJ Armin van Buuren, The Wanted, DJ Markus Schulz and others on Flowd. Fans can now directly interact with their favourite music acts with free location-based mobile app, Flowd, which launched today across iPhone and Android smartphones. Flowd facilitates two-way conversation between music acts and their fans, bringing them closer together than ever before. Music acts can keep their supporters up-to-date with their latest news, views, tours and appearances, and offer them special rewards for their loyalty. Available now, fans can download the app and immediately connect with worldwide #1 DJ, Armin van Buuren, UK pop sensation The Wanted, trance DJ Markus Schulz and others. Flowd provides users with location-based social networking tools which are set to transform the relationship between music acts and their fans. With loyalty programs in development, fans will have their voices heard and be rewarded for their activities on Flowd, earning loyalty points to receive exclusive access to merchandise and content from their favourite music acts. Armin van Buuren, the world’s top ranked DJ, chose Flowd as it makes it easier to let his fans know about his latest news, music and gigs, and to talk directly with his supporters. ‘There are many social media, but I’m always looking for new ways to connect with my fans, to keep them up to date with the latest news of what I’m doing and where I’m playing. Flowd is the perfect app for that, connecting with my loyal fans while I’m on the road. Some exciting features will be added in the near future,’ explained van Buuren. Any music act, regardless of whether they are up-and-coming or already established, can register and start using Flowd to connect with their fans today at flowd.com. In addition to interacting with their favourite music acts, Flowd offers users a wide range of social networking features. With Flowd’s slick, simple interface users can check-in to places, send messages, share pictures and connect with their friends from Twitter and Facebook. Users can also customise the look and feel of Flowd by re-skinning the application with their favourite music act’s theme. ‘The music industry is changing rapidly and we see a need for new services that increase an artist’s ability to connect with their most devoted fans and manage their social networking from one place. Flowd’s combination of location-based services, social networking and entertainment lets users and music acts interact at a whole new level,’ said Tommi Laitinen, SVP, Flowd. Flowd is now available on iTunes App Store and Android Market.
Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk unite for Loveparade charity theme. Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk have collaborated on a track called ‘Remember Love’, an homage to the 21 victims and visitors of this year’s Loveparade event. All proceeds will be donated to charity. July 24th 2010 is a date the dance scene will never forget. At the Loveparade, celebrated in Duisburg, Germany, more than 500 people were injured and 21 people were killed after panic broke out due to overcrowding in the tunnel entrance of the festival terrain. The Loveparade attracted more visitors than it could handle, resulting in mass hysteria and the death of 21 young dance lovers. Organiser of the Loveparade, Rainer Schaller, declared that the event would not be held again. The dance scene, along with its DJ’s, has been in shock ever since and to help remember the spirit of the famed dance event, three world-famous DJ’s have now united to create awareness and support the victims family-members and those injured. Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk have all played various times at Loveparade, some of them in the early years, when the it was still held in its original concept, in Berlin. They joined forces to produce a track, ‘Remember Love’. The initiator of the track was Paul Oakenfold. ‘ think the Loveparade represents a big part of the essence of the dance movement’, he explains.’t's a gathering for people from all over the world to come together to share their love for electronic music. I was watching television and a newsflash came up about the Loveparade. I really felt for the people that were there. I just thought we should do something to help them. In many other music genres artists come together, like ‘Live Aid’ and after the HaÃ¯ti-disaster. We should do something. So I wrote this song and contacted Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk. I asked them if they were interested, cause I thought it was a good idea to have England, Holland and Germany coming together. Us coming together to do a track and all the money goes to help people. I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the dance scene, to give back, to help people.’ Both Paul van Dyk and Armin van Buuren joined the project immediately. Armin van Buuren, confirms: ‘For the first time an Englishman, a German and a Dutchman teamed up and became united in the studio, creating a track that I hope people will love and treasure. Our purpose was united in the sense that we wanted to pay homage to those whose lives were lost, and to have their memories live on in the spirit of our record.’ All proceeds will be donated to the Association of Non-statutory Welfare in North Rhine-Westphalia Germany (LAG), which started an appeal to support the victims family-members and persons injured
Armin van Buuren awarded ‘best global dj’. During the annual International Dance Music Awards (IDMA), record company Armada Music has again been awarded ‘Best Global Record Label’ Armin van Buuren won the award for ‘Best Global DJ’ and ‘Best Podcast’, Dash Berlin received the award for ‘Best Hi-NRG/Euro Track’ and Armada’s very own Managing Director Maykel Piron was chosen ‘Best Record Label Executive’. In total, Armada Music received 6 International Dance Music Awards. Armin van Buuren, awarded ‘Best European DJ’ last year, has now been crowned ‘Best Global DJ’. The Dutch DJ, topping the DJ Mag Top 100 for three years already, also received the ‘Best Podcast’ award, for his A State of Trance Podcast. Maykel Piron, Managing Director of Armada Music, won the award for ‘Best Record Label Executive’, a sign of his effort and hard work to make Armada Music the number one dance label in the world. Dutch DJ/producer Dash Berlin, who has released his debut album only a few months ago and has his own Aropa label at Armada Music, didn’t only perform at the award show but also came to pick up his award for ‘Best Hi-NRG/Euro Track’, for his collaboration ‘Waiting’ with Emma Hewitt. The International Dance Music Awards, officially part of the Miami Winter Music Conference, is known as the leading award show in the international dance music industry. Awards were presented within 57 categories
Amsterdam Dance Event sets dates. The fifteenth edition Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will take place from 20-23 October 2010. The four day event is the world’s leading electronic music conference and showcase festival and 100,000 festival visitors and 2,200 conference participants are expected. The ADE conference has become the most important of its kind and provides the international electronic music industry a platform to do business, to exchange knowledge and keep up to date on the latest developments and trends. Central topics in 2009 were the use of electronic music in games, movies and commercials, the endless opportunities with mobile phone applications and how to connect to your audience in an ever changing world. The program also included speakers such as Armin van Buuren (NL), Carl Craig (US), Dave Clarke (GB), François K (US), Jason Alexander (HTGR, US), Jason Pook (Pioneer, GB), Junkie XL (NL), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound, GB), Mike Banks (US), Peter Hook (GB) and Richie Hawtin (CA). The festival offered a cross section of the best that electronic music has to offer with performances by over 700 artists at 40 different venues in the city of Amsterdam. On the program were among others:
Armin van Buuren (NL), Carl Craig (US), Dave Clarke (GB), David Guetta (FR), Darren Emerson (GB) Deadmau5 (CA), Don Diablo (NL), Faithless (GB), Fatboy Slim (GB), Fedde Le Grand (NL), Groove Armada (GB), John Acquaviva (CA), John Digweed (GB), Joost van Bellen (NL), Joris Voorn (NL), Josh Wink (US), Junkie XL (NL), Kaskade (US), Laurent Garnier (FR), Paul van Dyk (DE), Pete Tong (GB), Richie Hawtin (CA), Sander Kleinenberg (NL), Simian Mobile Disco (GB), Sven Väth (DE), Laidback Luke (NL) and François K. (US).
‘It’s great to see all the support we have received from the electronic music scene over the years, and that after 15 years ADE is still going strong and is recognized as most important platform for the scene worldwide. This gives us the huge responsibility to make sure that the 15th edition will be as good, or even better than before! ADE makes it possible to celebrate the electronic music scene in a vibrant, international setting with the right people and the right focus’ says general manager Richard Zijlma.
The Amsterdam Dance Event is organized by Amsterdam Dance Event Foundation, an initiative of Buma Cultuur.
For more information: www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl
Catch the world’s best-known DJs at the 12th edition of the DJ Awards at Pacha Ibiza on Thursday 24th September. The biggest names from across the genres of dance music will gather to celebrate the biggest tunes, best parties and the latest technology that has made an unforgettable season. As always, a huge number of the 100+ nominees for the DJ Awards are from Holland, which is a huge testimony to the strength of the Dutch music scene and how highly it is respected around the world. Continue reading →
Having already announced some of the hottest names in the world of dance music such as: Armin van Buuren (NL), Laurent Garnier (FR), Richie Hawtin (CA), Boys Noize (DE) and Freemasons (GB), ADE is excited to reveal the names of more artists who are confirmed for the 14th edition of the event in October. Deadmau5 (CA), Derrick May (US), Fedde le Grand (NL), John Dahlback (SE ), Filastine (ES) and Continue reading →
After the sell out success of Crasher with Armin van Buuren in May 2009, Crasher returns on Saturday 27th June, where we will be bringing you an astronomical phenomenon, with Crasher Solstice at Gatecrasher Seven. Headlining this event will see Trance Legend, M.I.K.E Push on deck duty. Next Up will see The Thrillseekers returning to the crasher decks. Crasher also welcome back Ronald van Gelderen this month after wowing crasher clubbers back in Easter 2008. Crasher are also proud to introduce Super 8 & Tab to Crasher clubbers when they debut this month at Gatecrasher Seven. On warm duty, Crasher will see Will Holland back in the main room.
Saturday 27th June
Gatecrasher Seven Leeds
Ronald van Gelderen
Super 8 & Tab
In Bed with Digital Society
Een op Een (one on one) is the title of a book about life on the road of the current no.1 dj in the world: Armin van Buuren. The book is written by writer/ columnist Coen Blom, who followed Van Buuren for one year on many of his trips and was a witness to all the bizarre things that go on around life of a superstar DJ.
One of Armin’s business partners gave him the initial idea for the book, especially because the DJ is well known for his stable and clean lifestyle which sometimes contrasts highly with the things that are part of life on the road and the rock ‘n’roll lifestyle. Van Buuren has compared his life many times to that of a top athlete, and is a known opponent of drug and alcohol abuse. The book is currently only available in the Dutch language, but an English language version may follow, if you like..
More about Armin van Buuren.
Aged just 31, Armin Van Buuren has been named number one in the prestigious DJ Top 100 poll – voted for by over 350,000 people across the world, and an indication of his prolific output over the 10 years he’s been DJing and producing. Being the official World’s Best DJ is just one of his many achievements, but the driving force behind his success is an overriding passion for dance music.
Even a basic list of recent successes reads like a lifetime of work: ‘Best Album’ for artist album “Shivers” at both the Dutch Release Dance Awards and the prestigious Edison Awards; ‘Best Compilation’ for “A State Of Trance”, and ‘Best Mix Radio Dutch Show’ at the Miami Winter Music Conference 2006 for radio show ‘A State Of Trance’ – now broadcasting on a massive 40 FM stations as well as satellite and internet radio, with over 6 million listeners a week; a 5th year residency in Ibiza at Amnesia; sell-out shows for Armin Only (12,500 people saw the nine-and-a-half hour Rotterdam live set and show and a world tour is planned); over 50,000 downloads every week from podcasting high end chart-bothering positions all over the world for singles, albums and compilations, with single “Rush Hour” used as the theme tune to the UEFA European Youth Championship; a second DVD, ‘Armin Only ‘Ahoy 2006’ – the landmarks just keep coming!
Born in Leiden, Holland (on December 25, 1976) to a musical family, Armin indulged his passion for music from a young age. He spent all the money he earned with his paper round on records. His mum won a computer when he was 10, “So as a little nerdy kid I was writing my own basic programmes, and learnt about the technology from there.” He progressed from making low-profile mix tapes for friends to higher profile mixes when he discovered experimenting with different sequences on his computer through his uncle. “I was so stunned by what I saw him doing on the computer, that I got addicted to creating music right there and then!”
“I loved dance music immediately – this great rebellious sound that was so different to the ‘beautiful’ songs of the years before”. Armin cites electronic pioneer Jean Michel Jarre as a major influence (famed for his awesome visuals as well as his groundbreaking synth sounds), as well as Dutch producer Ben Liebrand, who later mentored him in his mixing and producing.
In the early days, Armin thought it was wise to have something extra in case the DJ’ing didn’t work out. So he studied for a law degree. The final year of his course was inevitably stretched as he juggled his studies with his increasingly hectic schedule; his rise to fame included lots of productions and remixes, as well as playing out to packed clubs every weekend. It took him three years to graduate, but his determination made him succeed!
Armin’s own productions have all made a huge impact with his last 12 singles hitting the Top 40 in Holland, and gaining worldwide acclaim. His back catalogue includes Blue Fear, Communication, Sound of Goodbye, Shivers, Rush Hour, Burned With Desire, Exhale, Love You More, This World Is Watching Me, and Yet Another Day. While the remix offers flood in, Armin only takes on tracks that he really loves. He uses exactly the same criteria for his compilations, meaning that every release from Armin or his long-running Armind label is a bone fide stormer that’s earned its place. His output includes tracks for the cult TV series 24, and the likes of Motorcycle’s When The Rush Comes.
Armin is a dedicated trance lover, but isn’t imprisoned by a single genre, saying “What makes trance work so well is that it doesn’t stick to one style, and can incorporate electro, minimal, whatever it likes.” His desire to showcase more of the great music he hears, along with the number of people sending him tracks they wanted to release, led to the obvious step of starting his own label, Armada, in 2003.
The label is a joint venture between Armin, Maykel Piron (former head of A&R for Warner Music) and David Lewis, who’d previously managed Armin. “What we wanted was a company that could offer everything for an artist: representation, a booking agency, and a record company. Artists can choose full management, or to just release a record or play out at gigs. Armada lets the artists choose what they want without telling them what to do”.
Armin is now a fully-fledged artist in his own right, having made his songwriting debut on his last album, the award-winning Shivers; and artist album three is in the pipeline… The events continue to get bigger and bigger, and Armin regularly headlines the likes of Sensation White, Global Gathering, Dance Valley, ZoukOut, Mysteryland, Coachella, Beats In Brazil, Trance Energy, Fort Dance, Summer Days, Dance Valley – basically whether you’re in Australia, Russia, the Middle East, the US or Europe, you can catch Armin van Buuren at a club or festival near you!
“This is just what I really want,” says Armin. “It’s not just love for music, it’s my passion. It goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby, it’s about a way of living. Music is essential to my life”.
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Nominated in the category best band:
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In the category Best newcomer is Nikki, Giovanca and Sabrina Starke.
New this year is that only artists of Dutch origine for a price can qualify.
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DJ superstar Armin van Buuren has been nominated in no less than six categories: Best Global DJ (with Tiësto and Ferry Corsten also on the list), Best European DJ (also together with Tiësto and Corsten), Best Progressive House/Trance Track en Best Music Video (for his collaboration with singer Sharon Den Andel), Best Radio Mix Show DJ and Best Full Length DJ Mix (another category where Tiësto is also nominated) for his A State of Trance 2008-compilation. Singer Kim Leoni from Rotterdam, the only female Dutch nominee, has been named for Best Euro Track with her single Medicine. The track is currently for the 15th week in the American Billboard Dance airplay charts.Tiësto also gets mentioned in the Podcast and solo artist categories. Laidback Luke is a nominee for best breakthrough DJ.
Imagine is the hotly anticipated third artist album from Armin van Buuren, the world’s number 1 DJ, as voted by the public in DJ Mag’s prestigious poll. Testament to Armin’s ongoing transition from producer to fully-fledged artist, it’s the perfect amalgamation of beats and electronica with lush chords and songwriting.
The main inspiration for a lot of the tracks has come from the theme imagine. Says Armin, “Imagine for me stands for the way I visualise music when I listen to it, and a lot of people have that same connection with music, especially trance which is so emotionally driven. Music is very personal for everybody, and what I’ve realised from my travels is that music transcends everything – the same music can touch people all over the world. You can’t judge someone else on their taste in music, and you can’t turn people onto music that isn’t for them – it’s just something that resonates with each individual. One of the beautiful things about being human is that we can imagine, create, and escape back into our imagination when we want to recall a feeling or invent something new…”
2. Going Wrong (With DJ Shah Feat. Chris Jones)
3. Unforgiveable (Feat. Jaren)
4. Face To Face
5. Hold On To Me (Feat. Audrey Gallagher)
6. In And Out Of Love (Feat. Sharon Den Adel)
7. Never Say Never (Feat. Jacqueline Govaert)
8. Rain (Feat. Cathy Burton)
9. What If (Feat. Vera Ostrova)
10. Fine Without You (Feat. Jennifer Rene)
“The export of Dutch music has been impressive for some years now and it can easily compare itself with other European countries in this field. With its dance music, The Netherlands is a leader with artists such as Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Marco V and Fedde le Grand.” The total gross in 2007 was 43,5 million euros. About a quarter of Dutch music export is being generated by dance music events. When music releases are also taken in account, the percentage rises to 36% of the total sum. The globally popular violinist André Rieu has seen a growth of 30% of his income from his performances and the sale of cds and dvds. At the festival the Dutch Minister of Culture Plasterk, announced he will invest 800,000 euros in the next four years to offer young band managers training to improve their skills.